Healthy Living in the North

Coming soon… the new Atlin Health Centre!

A computer rendering of the future Atlin Health Centre is shown. The single-story building has a grey bottom-third, a charcoal top, and black roof with white and wood trim and accents.

A rendering of the future Atlin Health Centre.

Site preparation is underway at the corner of Atlin Road and Discovery Avenue, across from the BC Hydro plant, for the location of the new Atlin Health Centre. Local contractor Pine Tree Services has been excavating and getting the grounds ready for this long-awaited replacement facility!

“We’re really happy to see action at the site!” says Jonathan Cooper, Health Services Administrator. “Planning for the new health centre in Atlin has been underway for some time now, and good work has been conducted by dedicated local residents, including the Community Advisory Group and the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, as well as staff and leadership with Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority. We’re really proud to be in the finals stages now, ensuring the health centre will meet the needs of the community.”

A man drives a mini-escalator in a field while another man watches.

Site preparation at the new location for the Atlin Health Clinic

The contract for the actual construction of the facility has been awarded to ATCO Sustainable Communities Inc. Modular Construction. At 2,540 square feet, the new facility is more than twice as big as the existing centre. The new expanded space will improve on the continued provision of all services the community currently receives, and will better serve the needs of patients, staff, and physicians.

The modular units that will make up the building itself will be in transit towards Atlin in September. Look forward to more updates then. You can also always look for current news and updates on the Atlin Health Centre and all Northern Health capital projects on the NH website.

Andrea Palmer

About Andrea Palmer

Andrea Palmer is the Communications Lead for Capital Projects at Northern Health. She’s happy in all four seasons in Northern BC and loves getting out into the wild with her family. Andrea is a Southern transplant who came to the North “for just one year” to attend UNBC… more than twenty years ago. Suffice it to say the academic and professional opportunities, wild spaces, and open-hearted people are what make the North home for Andrea. Sunny winter skies and fresh powder for days don’t hurt either.

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Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre officially open!

Individuals put messages into a wooden time capsule.

Dr. Charles Jago, Northern Health Board Chair; Anne Desrosiers, Burns Lake Nurse Practitioner; Jerry Petersen, Acting Chair of the Stuart Nechako Regional Hospital District; Health Minister Terry Lake; Dan George, Burns Lake Band Chief; and John Rustad, MLA Nechako Lakes and Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation celebrate putting their messages in the time capsule that will be opened in 25 years to remember the grand opening celebration for the new Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre.

The new $55 million Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre is officially open and accepting patients! The project was completed ahead of schedule and on-budget.

The new hospital has 16 beds and will provide acute care and emergency services, diagnostic imaging, lab services, and pharmacy. A medical clinic will offer primary, outpatient and acute care, along with the delivery of mental health and addictions and public health, as well as home- and community-care services. The facility is a two-storey building totalling approximately 6,100 square metres (65,000 square feet). The hospital is a green and energy-efficient facility designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification.

The project was officially announced in April 2012, and the first big milestone was the move of the old nurses’ residence that December. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on April 12, 2013 as excavation of the site began. Construction started in January 2014 with substantial completion of the hospital in December 2014.

You can see a video from the grand opening event held on January 22, 2015 below.

This year will see landscaping, demolition of the old facility, and paving of the new parking lots. The move to the new building will take place in phases. The transfer of existing hospital services and primary care services is now complete and the transfer of a few other services, such as the occupancy of physicians’ offices, is expected later in 2015.

PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. built the new Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre. The total project cost of $55 million was shared between the Government of British Columbia and Stuart Nechako Regional Hospital District.

Jonathon Dyck

About Jonathon Dyck

Jonathon is a communications officer at Northern Health. Originally from Airdrie, Alberta, Jonathon has a broadcasting diploma from Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta, and a BA with a major in communications from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. Jonathon enjoys golf, hockey, curling, hiking, biking, and canoeing. He is also an avid sports fan and attends as many sporting events as humanly possible, including hockey, soccer, baseball, football, rugby, basketball, and lacrosse. (Jonathon no longer works with Northern Health, we wish him all the best.)

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